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Northern Rail Traincar Inn

1730 Highway 3, Two Harbors, MN 55616
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Northern Rail Traincar Inn
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Since it was a train car, I guess we thought it would be more interesting once inside, but it was like any other motel room. Which was a bit disappointing since the outside is so cool! The continental breakfast was nothing special. The owner was friendly. For the price of a nights stay, we wish we would have found a... More

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Lino Lakes, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

As others have stated, it is unique. We have stayed in both the Porter Rooms and the King Suite. This is an excellent place for get-a-way trip. The rooms are extremely clean and comfortable. Layouts do vary. They keep the doors open on non-occupied rooms so you can tour at any time. The owners are extremely nice and helpful. If... More

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Lisle, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

This place is amazingly unique. It is a perfect escape from the mindain hotel stay. The rooms were cozy and clean and well air conditioned.I stayed two night in two suites because I wanted to see different rooms. This place is close to bettys pies and split rock light house, goosebury falls and a short drive to the Duluth train... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
48 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

The place is much more interesting from outside the rooms than inside, since once you are in your room, it’s tough to tell you are in an old freight car. The rooms are nice, though, large and clean. The hallways can be noisy. The continental breakfast was nothing special. The hosts were very friendly.

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Saint Michael, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We stayed at the Northern Rail Traincar Inn on Nov.10, 2013 after viewing the lighting of the Split Rock Lighthouse on the annual tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald. Both were first time experiences for our family, both were tremendous and memorable. Clean, cozy but spacious, comfortable and just 3 miles from Two Harbors, it's décor was delightful. Lots of extra... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed here at the end of September 2013. If your looking for something different, this is the place to visit. Very clean rooms and friendly staff. Also enjoyed the free breakfast. We will definitely stay here again. Close to multiple state parks along north shore.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

First of all we had the Queen Conductor Suite - this gives us the whole traincar - it was very quiet! We stayed 2 nights and wanted the ability to stretch out - so this gave us a living room separate from the bedroom. Also a fridge & microwave. Everything was very clean. The decor was sort of African animal... More

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Omaha NE
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61 reviews 61 reviews
10 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

So, one hobo says to another, “Man, I am tired of riding the rails. I’d love it if someone would build a hotel out of old train cars and put it in the woods. I would so stay there!” Well, Mr. hobo, welcome to the Northern Railcar Inn and Suites. The hotel uses old train cars as rooms and suites.... More

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

My husband and I stayed here on an anniversary trip up North in August. The outside looked so interesting, so we decided to stay one night. It was clean and quiet--and I was worried that it would be loud, but that was never a problem. Another reviewer deemed it: "Unfulfilled Potential." That really says it all. I expected the hotel... More

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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

This place is great! The rooms are really plainly furnished, and the beds are a little stiff for the price of this hotel, but I thought it was worth it to be able to spend the night in a boxcar, especially in Two Harbors, which is one of the most beautiful towns I've ever visited. The owner of Northern Rail... More

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Additional Information about Northern Rail Traincar Inn

Also Known As:
Northern Rail Traincar Bed And Breakfast
Northern Rail Traincar Hotel Two Harbors
Northern Rail Traincar Hotel
Address: 1730 Highway 3, Two Harbors, MN 55616
Location: United States > Minnesota > Two Harbors
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Two Harbors
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northern Rail Traincar Suites is a "Unique Hotel with a B&B Feel"! Nestled among 160 acres of woods and wildlife, our accommodations provide a relaxing northern getaway 1/2 mile from the north shore of Lake Superior. There are 14 rooms in 7 boxcars (1/2 car each) called Porter and Porter w/Sofa rooms and there are 3 full car Suites (there are 10 cars total). We have several themes for our rooms: Oriental (inspired by the Asian influence of the Orient Express) Safari (Inspired by the Safari trains of the early 1900's) Victorian (Inspired by the era of train travel) Northwoods rooms for something different: Fishing, Bear, Golf & Lighthouse. From the charming platform hallway to the unique rooms and the peaceful surroundings Northern Rail appeals to anyone looking for a unique experience! ... more   less 

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